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  • February 20, 2009 - Lecture by Julie Singer
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/03/05 14:21:39

    Julie Singer, Assistant Professor of French at Washington University in St. Louis (and Duke alum, PhD '06) will be giving a lecture at Duke in February 20,2009 at 5:30 pm in 319 Social Sciences. Title - "Metonymy and Prosthesis."

    For more information see:

  • November 10, 2008 - Lecture by Danny James
    , 2008/11/04 13:42:20

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Danny James called "Quemando el parquet": 'Cabecitas negras', urban legends and the construction of regional identity in an Argentine working class community

    Monday, November 10, 2008
    2:15 pm
    201 Flowers

    Reception to follow lecture. This lecture is free and open to the public.

    Daniel James was educated at Oxford University and received his doctorate from the London School of Economics. He was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University and from 1979 to 1982 taught sociology at the University of Brasilia. Since coming to the United States he has taught Latin American history at Yale University and Duke University until coming to Indiana in 1999 to take up the Bernardo Mendel Chair in Latin American History.

    His primary research interests have been in Argentina. Since first going to Argentina in 1972 he has spent frequent prolonged periods in Argentina. His principle interest has been in modern Argentine labor, social and cultural history. Much of the focus of his work has been on Peronism. His first book, Resistance and Integration: Peronism and the Argentine Working Class 1943 - 1976, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1988. Since the late 1980s he has been engaged in a long-term collaborative project with Professor Mirta Zaida Lobato of the University of Buenos Aires focused on the history of the meatpacking community of Berisso. A central part of this project has involved the collection of oral testimonies in the community.

    For more information please contact Cathy Knoop at 919-660-3102 or  

  • March 27, 2008 - Jacques Revel: lecture and discussion
    , 2008/04/21 15:54:57

    The Department of Romance Studies along with the Center for French and Francophone Studies, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Center for European Studies, Duke Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for International Studies, Department of History, Program in Literature are proud to present??


    Jacques Revel


    Jacques Revel is a directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in ??Paris, where he also served as the school’s president. In addition, he is the Global Distinguished Professor of History and the Institute of

    French Studies at New York University.* He is known for his significant contributions to the Annales school and also, more recently, for the promotion of microhistory, Revel’s work focuses on social history, cultural forms and practices, and the Ancien Régime. In 2006, he published Un Parcours Critique

    (Galaade Editions). He is currently at work at on a project that examines the link between religious practices, political and philosophical critiques of religion, and historical thought.


    LECTURE: Religions, History and Society: A Debate around 1720

    Thursday, March 27

    5:30 pm (refreshments begin at 5:00 pm)

    Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center



    11:00 am—1:00 pm

    Location TBA

    Lunch provided, please RSVP to by March 17


    These events are free and open to the public


    For more information, please email Heather Mallory at


    *We are grateful to NYU for extending the conditions of Professor Revel’s visa to permit him to participate in these events at Duke.


  • March 17, 2008 - Christopher Miller discussing his new book
    , 2008/04/21 15:54:48

    The Department of Romance Studies and Atlantic Studies Present??


    Christopher Miller discussing his new book

    The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade


    March 17-19, 2008


    Miller’s visit will involve three events:



    Tuesday March 18th at 6:00 p.m.

    Breedlove Room, Perkins Library



    Monday, March 17th, 4:25-7:25 in 305 Languages

    Wednesday, March 19th, 4:25-7:25 in Breedlove Room, Perkins Library


    PLEASE NOTE: Participants in the seminar are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies are available at the Gothic Bookstore. Please register for the seminar by writing to Laurent Dubois at


  • February 21, 2008 - Lecture by Daniel Heller-Roazen
    , 2008/03/12 13:12:32

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to co-sponser, along with the Duke Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, a lecture by Daniel Heller-Roazen Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University, Before the Disciplines Formations of Knowledge before Modernity Along Liquid Paths A Genealogy of Piracy

    The lecture will take place Thursday, February 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m. Old Trinity Room, West Union Building


  • February 07, 2008 - Lecture by Spanish Medievalist
    , 2008/02/08 11:27:17

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Emilie Picherot entitled A page of tolerance in a world in chaos: the moriscos' voice in its historical and literary context

    The lecture will take place at 1:00 pm Thursday, February 7, 2008 (329 Soc Psych).  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

    Emilie Picherot is an advanced PhD student at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) studying comparative literature (Spanish, Arabic and French) about Moriscos' participation to the elaboration of their stereotyped image in Spanish and French literature (16th-17th centuries). Her thesis, “The Arab heritage of lovesongs viejos” in progress under the direction of Mr. Lecercle.

    Picherot entered the "Ecole Normale Supérieure" (Ulm, classique) in 1998 with classic Spanish literature as a specialty. She holds a Bachelor of French literature (licence de lettres modernes) (1999); Spanish literature, language and civilization (licence d'espagnol) (1999); and classic Arabic literature, language and civilization (licence d'arabe classique) (2006). She currently teaches comparative literature at Paris-Sorbonne and is working on a "francophone" literature program.


  • Departmental Events and Photos
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/02/12 16:14:25

    Please click the links below to enjoy photos and summaries from some of our departmental events!!

    East Campus "House-Warming" for the Spanish Language Program

    Fall Reception

    Retirement Party for Philip Stewart  

  • Life is a Dream (La vida es sueño)
    , 2008/11/10 11:47:06

    Life is a Dream

    Performance of Alejandra Juno's 21st century adaptation in English of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's La vida es sueño. Introduction by Luciano Garcia Lorenzo

    8:00 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2008, 209 E. Duke Theater

    For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact David Baxter in the Department of Romance Studies at 919-660-3100


  • Lecture by Christopher Prendergast
    , 2008/10/29 14:18:24

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Christopher Prendergast

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008
    4:45 pm
    The Rare Book Room Perkins Library, West Campus
    Reception to Follow

    Professor Prendergast is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and a Professor Emeritus of the University of Cambridge. He has taught at Pembroke College, Oxford, and at Downing College, Cambridge. has been Distinguished Professor in French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School in the City University of New York, and was a Fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. He has held the title of Visiting Professor at UCLA, SUNY-Albany, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Copenhagen. He has been Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and the Remarque Institute of New York University.

    His numerous publications include Balzac: Fiction and Melodrama; The Order of Mimesis; Paris-Spectacle: Images de Paris dans la peinture au Musée d’Orsay; Writing the City: Paris and the Nineteenth Century; Napoleon and History Painting; The Triangle of Representation; and For the People, By the People? Eugène Sue’s ‘Les Mystères de Paris.’ Professor Prendergast has edited a number of important volumes on 19th and 20th century French literature, and was General Editor of the recent six-volume English translation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu [In Search of Lost Time] (Penguin, 2002).


    This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Cathy Knoop at 919-660-3102 or  

  • Lecture by Elizabeth Rhodes
    , 2008/09/30 12:28:16

    Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Elizabeth Rhodes will give a lecture entitled "Inquisitions: Spain in the Pre-Modern Age." The lecture will take place from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and an  award-winning teacher, adviser and mentor at Boston College, is a  specialist in early modern Spanish literature, particularly the  fields of theology and religious literature, and women's studies. She  recently lectured on the arts and the Inquisition at the Boston  Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with the "El Greco - Velázquez"  exhibit.

    For more information, please contact Cathy Knoop at 660-3102 or cknoop@duke.ed.  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  • A Symposium: Image and Illusion in Early Modern Spain
    , 2008/09/30 12:29:32

    Thursday and Friday, October 2 and 3, 2008

    Keynote Speakers:

    William Egginton, Johns Hopkins U. “The Theater of Truth”

    Frederick De Armas, U. of Chicago. “Framing Francisco Ribalta: From Lope’s La viuda valenciana to the Rimas del licenciado Tomé Burguillos.”

    Margaret Greer, Duke University. “Honra es aquélla que consiste en otro: the reflected subject in Lope's Los comendadores de Cordoba.” 

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, the Nasher Museum of Art and Duke in Madrid and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. For more information, please contact Cathy Knoop (, 660-3102)

    A Colloquium will close the event on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Breedlove Room at Perkins Library. The colloquium will be led by Prof. Frederick de Armas. Breakfast will be provided.

  • "Masking and Unmasking": Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference
    , 2008/09/17 12:35:59

    Mark your calendars!

    The Annual Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference is coming up next weekend, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 in the Women's Studies Parlors on East Campus. This year's conference is entitled "Masking and Unmasking."

    We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Trevor Burnard, 2008-2009 Fellow at the National Humanities Center and professor at the University of Warwick. His talk is entitled: "Intimate Strangers: The Multiple Masks of Slavery in Jamaica and Berbice, 1750-1823."

    We welcome all undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who wish to attend. 

    For more information, please go to


  • lecture by Justin Crumbaugh
    , 2008/11/10 11:52:13

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Justin Crumbaugh entitled The Power of Inauthenticity and the Rise of Spanish Neoconservatism: The “Spain Is Different” Tourism Campaign of 1964

    Friday, November 21, 2008
    4:00 pm
    305 Languages Building
    Reception to follow lecture

    Since Justin Crumbaugh received his doctorate from Emory University, he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Mount Holyoke College, where he is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Film Studies. His research focuses on Spanish public discourse of recent decades with a particular emphasis on tourism, political conflict and the tensions associated with Spain’s transition to a postindustrial society. His book, Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009), examines the media frenzy surrounding the rise of mass tourism during the1960s as it relates to the Franco regime’s attempts to shore up power through modernization and “economic government.” Professor Crumbaugh’s most recent work connects the so-called Basque problem and the symbolization of the “victims of terrorism” to debates about historical memory of the Franco dictatorship.

    For more information, please contact the Department of Romance Studies at 919-660-3100  

  • Lecture by Michael Noone
    , 2008/09/30 12:29:59

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    Michael Noone will give a lecture entitled Newly-discovered musical masterpieces from El Greco’s Toledo: from 16th-century illuminated manuscripts to 21st-century CD’s. The lecture will take place in Room 104, Biddle Music Building (East Campus) at 4:00 pm. Reception to follow.

    Musicologist and choral director at Boston College, Michael Noone has held teaching, research and performance posts at universities on four continents. His research focuses on early modern sacred music. He is the author of Music and Musicians in the Escorial Liturgy under theHabsburgs and El Códice 25 de la catedral de Toledo. Prof. Noone has recorded more than a dozen CDs, including award-winning recordings by the Ensemble Plus Ultra, which he co-founded specifically to perform Spanish music.

    This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of Romance Studies, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in relation to the Nasher Museum of Art’s exhibit, “El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III.” For more information, please contact Cathy Knoop (, 660-3102).


  • Spanish Language Program has moved to East Campus
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/02/06 15:18:27

    On May 19, 2008, the Spanish Language Program moved from their existing headquarters in the Language Building to the Bell Tower site on East Campus. The move had been carefully planned throughout the 2007—2008 school year with the intent of providing more office space to all the Language Program, which had been crammed into the basements of Perkins and the Language Building up to this point.

    All of the Spanish Language instructors, Liliana Paredes, the Program Director, Pat McPherson, the Administrative Secretary, and Bonnie McManus, the Service Learning Coordinator, now occupy offices in the Bell Tower site. A “house-warming” party is planned for late August at the Bell Tower offices.  

  • Welcome to the 2008 - 2009 academic year!
    , 2008/08/27 10:01:23

    We'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students & faculty as we begin the 2008 - 2009 academic year.

    Stay tuned for our department newsletter, coming soon!  

  • 2008 Commencement
    , 2008/09/19 15:25:34

    For photos and more information about our 2008 Commencement ceremony, please visit: [more]  

  • Guido Mazzoni Award in Italian
    , 2008/08/25 16:03:51

    Brian Alberto Ovalle is the 2008 recipient of the Guido Mazzoni Award in Italian for excellence in the major. He will receive the award and gift at our commencement luncheon and diploma presentation on Sunday, May 11th.

    Please join us in congratulating Brian!!


  • Richard L. Predmore Award
    , 2008/08/25 16:03:58

    We are happy to announce Kathryn Husted Wooten is the 2008 recipient of the Richard L. Predmore Award in Spanish for excellence in the major. She will receive the award and gift at our commencement luncheon and diploma presentation on Sunday, May 11th.

    Please join us in congratulating Kathryn!!


  • Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award
    , 2008/08/25 16:04:04

    We are happy to announce Annalies Heinrichs has won the Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award in French for excellence in the major. She recently defended her Honors Thesis, directed by Paol Keineg, “Kay Koule Tronpe soley, min li pa tronpé la pli En route vers l’assurance des soins de santé en Haïti” and received Highest Distinction.

    Please join us in congratulating Annalies!


  • Job talks for modern French search
    , 2008/03/12 13:12:16

    The job talks for our modern French search will be taking place during the month of February.

    If you would like to be added to the announcement listserv, please contact Cathy Knoop at



  • Lecture by Priska Degras
    , 2008/03/12 13:12:25

    The Department of Romance Studies presents a lecture by Priska Degras Maître de Conférences, Langue et Littérature françaises Université Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III)

    Noms d’esclaves, noms de citoyens : le patronyme comme métaphore de l’Histoire dans le «Roman des Amériques»

    Noon, Tuesday, February 19th, 305 Languages Building, (A light lunch will be served), Contact for more details


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